Psalm 141:3. Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth. That mouth had been used in prayer, it would be a pity it should ever be defiled with untruth, or pride, or wrath; yet so it will become unless carefully watched, for these intruders are ever lurking about the door. David feels that with all his own watchfulness he may be surprised into sin, and so he begs the Lord himself to keep him. When Jehovah sets the watch the city is well guarded: when the Lord becomes the guard of our mouth the whole man is well garrisoned. Keep the door of my lips. God has made our lips the door of the mouth, but we cannot keep that door of ourselves, therefore do we entreat the Lord to take the rule of it. O that the Lord would both open and shut our lips, for we can do neither the one nor the other aright if left to ourselves. In times of persecution by ungodly men we are peculiarly liable to speak hastily, or evasively, and therefore we should be specially anxious to be preserved in that direction from every form of sin. How condescending is the Lord! We are ennobled by being door keepers for him, and yet he deigns to be a door keeper for us.
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Something bad happens to someone and the common reply of a “Christian” is, “I’ve been keeping you in my prayers”. Really, have you been praying for that person? What exactly have you been praying about? Let me illustrate this point. A couple of months ago, when I was in the hospital and going through medical issues, someone said this very thing to me. So, to teach this person about prayer, I asked them exactly what they had prayed about concerning me. This person stumbled and said, “it is just a saying”. I asked, for clarity, if that statement meant this person really was praying for me. As it sounded at first, the answer verified, this person had not been praying for me. That makes this person a liar (Psalms 5:5-6, Proverbs 24:28, Ephesians 4:25, and Revelation 21:8). Secondly, had that individual prayed for me, what exactly would that prayer have consisted of?
What we pray for and how we pray matters to God. We are instructed against praying incorrectly (James 4:3). Our prayers need to be in faith (Matthew 21:22). We should all know that faith comes from the word of God (Romans 10:17). Therefore, our prayers need to be in accordance with His will (I John 5:14-15). We have studied prayer here locally enough to understand that the many prayers in the Bible were directly associated with spiritual gifts. We know that those gifts have ended (I Corinthians 12:3-11 and I Corinthians 13:8-12).
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Knowing these things, we should never make a dumb comment about prayer. While it is something most of us here at Sunrise understand, others are in the dark on this issue. Yes, they know miracles have ceased, but they’ll still pray for God to heal someone. They’ll still pray for God to be with the hands of the surgeon. They’ll still pray for God to help a pilot fly right.
This article is not going to be about prayer. The illustration is one that shows how little thinking often goes with one’s comments. The illustration above is one of millions I could have offered. The truth is, many have diarrhea of the mouth.
Diarrhea Of The Mouth Syndrome
We all know that diarrhea stinks (literally too). Your stomach begins to ache. You have an urge to go. You have to find a toilet really fast. Well, some people are like this when it comes to talking. They get an urge. They open their mouths. You and I become the toilet as a bunch of crap comes out of their mouths (yes, crap is an appropriate term and a synonym for what Paul’s usage of “dung” in Philippians 3:8). Brethren, the world is not our toilet. We must control our speech (Proverbs 21:23). That very subject is the theme of James chapter 3. Read that chapter as part of your studies of this article.
Solomon, through inspiration (II Timothy 3:16-17), wrote: “He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction... He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit. Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding… A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes. A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul… Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof… The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself. The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness: and the end of his talk is mischievous madness. A fool also is full of words: a man cannot tell what shall be; and what shall be after him, who can tell him” (Proverbs 13:3, Proverbs 17:27-28, Proverbs 18:6-7, Proverbs 18:21, and Ecclesiastes 10:12-14)? Think about those who ignore not only the word of God through Solomon’s pen, but many other biblical writers (Psalms 39:1, Psalms 52:2-4, Matthew 12:33-37, Ephesians 5:3-4, Colossians 3:17, I Peter 4:11, etc.). What are those whom suffer with diarrhea of the mouth really telling us?
Words Are A Sign Of One’s Heart
Before we begin this section, let me state something clearly. There are people who realize you are listening carefully to what they say and write who are cautious because they are fakes. Sometimes, they are so good at being cautious of revealing who they really are (Jeremiah 9:8, Matthew 7:15,Acts 15:24, II Corinthians 11:12-15, II Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:10-16, and II Peter 2:1-3). Having said that, those whom are under discussion in our article are the one’s who might be fake, but have no self-control and blurt out foolish talk like diarrhea.
Jesus proves to us that words come from our hearts. Notice: “Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught? But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man… A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh” (Matthew 15:17-20 and Luke 6:45). The ignorant fool who just keeps talking and talking foolishly is revealing that they are fools. You might listen to a fool talk and wonder if anyone could really be that ignorant. YES, they can. When someone has a lot of crap coming out of their mouth, you know what that person’s heart is!
“In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise… The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things… Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few” (Proverbs 10:19, Proverbs 15:28, and Ecclesiastes 5:2).